Support for Eastbourne’s new lifeboat appeal was extended into Surrey this weekend with a generous donation of £1000 being presented from Sutton based Bright Morning Star Lodge 6245 

The cheque presentation took place after the Sunday crew meeting at the all weather lifeboat station on Sovereign Harbour where senior lodge members handed over the cheque to members of the volunteer crew.

The money was raised in memory of John Stevens by his friends and colleagues after losing his battle with cancer in 2009. John and his wife Olive regularly travelled to Eastbourne and had always admired the work of the RNLI and made the Lifeboat Museum on the seafront one of their regular stopping points whilst enjoying the sea air. The contribution toward the town’s new Tamar class all weather lifeboat was considered to be a fitting tribute to mark John’s passing.